Austin Chapter

This page includes and information related to the Austin Chapter .  All news that is of interest to the entire club will be posted on the "common" News page.
  • 07/21/2017 9:54 AM | Anonymous

    Christopher Levy has accepted the position as Chapter Director for Austin effective immediately. He comes from a long line of automobile enterprise in Texas spanning nearly 100 years and is a serious “V” brand lover and owner.

    In his "day job", Christopher is a globally recognized expert in the commercial application of Digital Rights Management technologies. As a pioneer in the streaming media industry in Austin, Texas in 1994, Christopher delivered numerous large scale live webcast events before selling his company to CMGI and entering the content security industry. For the past 16 years he has worked with a variety of Entertainment and Technology brands to deploy their digital media offerings. Christopher owns two Cadillac V cars:  a highly modified 2006 XLR-V and a 2009 STS-V.  He resides in Lakeway, Texas with his wife Pearl and their daughter Nahia.

    Christopher has a lot of exciting plans for the Austin Chapter of the V-Club and will be working closely with Covert Cadillac, our local sponsoring Cadillac dealership to take the V-Club membership experience to a level far beyond a traditional car club.

    Check out Christopher's two V's!


  • 10/06/2015 12:43 PM | Anonymous

    Source: Chuck McCormick, Event Staff & Austin Chapter Member



    For the second year in a row the Austin Chapter helped organize a successful fundraiser in support of the Wounded Warriors Project, the V Club's designated charity, by raising $17,159.00, exceeding our goal of $15,000!!!  Teaming with the Longhorn Corvette Club and the Mustang Owners Club of Austin, a working group focused on exceeding the success of the fundraiser last year,  reviewing the After Action Review from last year, we worked to improve in all areas, especially media/advertising.   We succeeded in getting the Austin American Statesman to do a front page story in their Cars Section with excellent coverage two weeks prior to the event.  The local ABC affiliate KVUE agreed to broadcasting their Saturday morning program live from Camp Mabry, with numerous interviews and hyping our fundraiser from 7am-Noon, which helped draw spectators from the community and other car clubs.  207 cars registered and were on the parade field, including 15 V's,  which made a very impressive sight.  V Club award winners were Robert Nelson, V Coupe Class Winner, and Chuck McCormick, V Sedan Class Winner and also People's Choice Award. 
     
    Special recognition goes to Austin Chapter members and Army National Guard members CSM Ardis Harden and his wife CW4 Melissa Harden for there outstanding efforts as POC for Camp Mabry; Tammy and Lance Spracklin, Longhorn Corvette Club for their overall management of fundraiser.  But the highest praise goes to the Texas V Club membership who once again rose to the occasion for the Wounded Warriors Project by donating $2,750.00!!!!!   It is an honor to be associated with the finest club and members in the state of Texas!

    Note: Be sure to checkout the photos on our Austin photo gallery page.
     

  • 08/24/2015 3:25 PM | Anonymous

    Source: Austin American Statesman
    By David Wilfong SPECIAL TO STATESMAN CAR


    Car lovers can show their love and help support injured members of our armed services at the Operation American Muscle car show.

    On Saturday, Sept. 12, the second annual event will be held on the grounds of Camp Mabry at 2200 W. 35th St. in Austin. The event is a fundraising effort to support the Wounded Warriors Project and is being hosted by three local car clubs: the Longhorn Corvette Club, the Texas V Club (Cadillac CTS-V high-performance luxury cars), and the Mustang Owners Club. One of the several sponsors is the Nyle Maxwell Family of Dealerships.

    The Wounded Warriors Project raises awareness and enlists the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members and provides unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.

    The car show will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. with check-in times for car owners from 8-10 a.m. Judging will be conducted until 1 p.m. The show is open to American muscle cars of all makes and years.

    In last year’s inaugural show, held in October, there were 132 muscle cars on display and the event raised $10,775. Last year’s event was hosted by only two clubs and was a first for the show’s organizers. The Mustang Owners Club signed on as a new participant for this year’s event.

    “This year our goal is $15,000, and we anticipate 250 to 300 American muscle cars to be competing in numerous classifications,” said organizer Chuck McCormick, adding that 100 percent of the proceeds from the show go to the charity serving American veterans.

    In addition to the car display, there will be silent auctions, live music and the opportunity to visit the Texas Military Forces Museum located on the grounds of Camp Mabry. McCormick noted that last-minute preparations were still underway, but there is already a swell of support for the show, with added contributions from all the various participants.

    “Four food trucks will also be competing for ‘Best Food’ and also contributing a percentage of their sales to our fundraising goal,” McCormick said. “And appreciation also goes to the Camp Mabry Garrison Command for their ‘can-do’ attitude and assistance in supporting the Wounded Warriors Project.”

    For more information, visit www.operationamericanmuscle.com.

  • 02/19/2015 5:32 AM | Anonymous

    By Chuck McCormick

    The Austin members took up the challenge from the Longhorn Corvette Club to compete in the International Barbeque Cookers Association Cookoff held at VFW Post 8787 in Austin.  This is truly an international event with participants coming from all over to compete with their chili, brisket, ribs, chicken, and beans.  The tasting alone made this an event that the V Club will put on the calendar for next year!
     
    Chris Hignite represented the V Club in an exceptional manner, coming in 14th out of 42 entrants, but in the head to head competition with the Longhorn Corvette Club Chris took first place by nearly a two to one vote.  Chris started cooking at 7:00am, turned in his product three hours later, and had to wait until 5:00pm to get the results.  V Club members Chuck McCormick, Ardis and Melissa Harden were there to cheer on and support Chris.  Let it be known that the name of the event should be changed because it was far from "chilly" as most of us got some sun with the 78 degree weather!
     
    A car show was also part of the event, nothing fancy just a drive and shine, and once again the CTS V took on the Vettes, with Chuck McCormick winning second place in between two Vettes who took first and third.  The cars were judged by the Boy Scout Troop sponsored by the VFW and the lads really enjoyed asking questions about what 556 hp feels like.  A great time was had by all!

  • 10/28/2014 6:22 AM | Anonymous

    By Chuck McCormick

    After nine months of organizing, planning, and five days of infrastructure set up, the day finally arrived - 10/25/2014, for the First Inaugural Operation American Muscle fund raiser for the Wounded Warriors Project!  The  At 0630 hours the quiet darkness was disrupted with the sound of the first 40 muscle cars revving their engines and arriving at the Camp Mabry parade ground.  The Longhorn Corvette Club teamed with the Austin Chapter of the Texas V Club to put on the fund raiser, and arrived with all of their 25 volunteers to work the event.  It was truly impressive and the LCC members did a great job getting the cars parked on the parade ground, running the silent auction, the raffle, and doing a lot of the judging.  There were 85 cars pre-registered online and an additional 52 showed up and registered at the event.  An additional 12 cars came too late for the judging but wanted to show their support of the Wounded Warriors Project by paying the registration fee anyway!  Let's face it, the muscle car community is all about supporting our men and women in the military!

    Even though the event conflicted with The Texas Mile, V Club members really showed their support and generosity by contributing $1,885.00 which was outstanding!  Sewell Performance Group was the only "Gold Level Sponsor" with a $2,500.00 contribution which covered our expenses for the event, and left all the other clubs in awe of our V Club Sponsor!  Sewell rocks!!

    Both San Antonio and Austin chapters came away with awards.  From Austin Chuck McCormick took 1st place in the V Sedan Class and Jenna Oltersdorf took 3rd place.  Chuck also won "Peoples Choice" which spoke volumes about the crowds reaction to seeing CTS-V's up close.  In the V Coupe Class, Axe Dekruif of the San Antonio Chapter took 1st place, and newest Austin member Chris Hignite, who joined within days of the event, took second.  Another member also stood out--Tom Carlson of the Austin Chapter.  Tom had pre-registered and also contributed generously to the V Club fund, but a serious medical issue required him to have surgery the day before the event.  Any normal person would have just stayed in bed and managed the pain, but not Tom.  In the true spirit of "Wounded Warriors" Tom came to the event to show his support and wished all of the V Club members a successful event.  Having seen Tom's Black Diamond Coupe several times, I have no doubt that his car would have been very competitive in his class!  Tom gets a special salute as a hard-core warrior!  Hooah!!

    It is also important to recognize the commitment and perseverance of the V Club Board of Directors, and our Sewell liaison Jay Lane, who went the extra mile in generating interest and motivation to garner support for both Operation American Muscle and The Texas Mile on the same weekend.  It was that dedicated leadership that kept the Working Group pushing the boulder up hill to make this event happen--and be successful.

    And successful is was!!  In January our fund raising goal was set at $10,000.00, but there were times when we weren't sure we'd get it off the ground.  But perseverance, tenacity, and sheer will power from all involved made the mission successful, and helped us exceed our goal!  A total of $10,775.00 was sent to the Wounded Warriors Project, and a sense of mission accomplishment was shared by all involved.  The Working Group comprised of Chuck and Ann McCormick, Jenna and Eric Oltersdorf from the Austin Chapter, and Mike Sears, Tammy and Lance Spracklen from the Longhorn Corvette Club are all grateful for the support that made this a success.

    Thank you to every V Club member who contributed to the fund, supported the event, and participated.  A cause like this matters because the veterans matter, and sometimes you have to make it happen because its the right thing to do.

    As you gather with your families during the holiday season give a moment of thanks to our military, because somewhere in this dangerous world someone is standing a post on Christmas Eve to ensure we always have the freedoms we enjoy.